Witness saw Jub Jub driving

2011-03-23 13:27

Johannesburg - A group of friends shouted in excitement when they recognised musician Molema "Jub Jub" Maarohanye behind the wheel of a Mini Cooper as he drove past in a race with another car, the Protea Magistrate's Court heard on Wednesday.

This was the testimony of 18-year-old Portia Masika, a witness in the murder trial of Maarohanye and his co-accused Themba Tshabalala.

She told the court that she was walking with a group of friends when two Mini Coopers drag raced past them. She said the group spotted that one of the vehicle's drivers was "Jub Jub" and started screaming.

She said a friend, Ntokozo Mahlangu, took a cellphone video of the cars as they approached them.

Cross-examination

Masika sat rocking in the witness chair as defence attorney Ike Motloung cross-examined her.

Maarohanye and Tshabalala are also facing charges of attempted murder, as well as reckless and negligent driving.

This after a Mini Cooper ploughed into a group of schoolchildren on Mdlalose Drive between Protea North and Protea Glen on March 8 last year. Four children were killed in the accident and two others were severely injured.

Masika also told the court that she did not see how the accident happened as she was a distance away from it and only rushed to the scene after it had happened.

During her evidence, the family members of the children killed or injured in the accident kept silent or remained calm as opposed to their usual visible or loud expressions of their agreement or support of previous witnesses' evidence.

Other witnesses have testified that Maarohanye and Tshabalala were drag racing when the accident happened.

The trial continues.

- SAPA
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